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Pete Pancrazi presents “Have A Jazzy Christmas” at 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 11 at Community Presbyterian Church, 800 W. Main St.

Holiday house lighting contest entries due Dec. 9

The 7th annual Rim Country Chamber “Light the Rim” house lighting contest, co-sponsored by Chapman Auto Center and the Payson Roundup newspaper, is now accepting applications. The chamber, Chapman Auto Center or the Roundup must receive entries by noon, Friday, Dec. 9.

The theme, “Light the Rim,” combines community spirit and individual creativity by Rim Country residents. There is no charge to enter the contest. The goal is to get as many homes lighted and entered to show off a brightly lighted Rim Country as possible.

Judging will take place on the evenings of Tuesday, Dec. 13 and Wednesday, Dec. 14. The lights must be lit from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. on those evenings.

Prize money for the event, donated by Chapman Auto Center, is as follows: $250, first; $150, second; $100, third.

A map and list of entrants will be placed in the Friday, Dec. 16 issue of the Roundup and be available at Chapman Auto Center and the chamber.

The Holiday Lighting Map will also provide space for advertisers on a limited basis. Please contact Bobby Davis or Frank LaSpisa at (928) 474-5251 for this limited opportunity.

Senior Circle activities

Upcoming activities at the Payson Regional Medical Center’s Senior Circle include:

Holiday Bake Sale, 8 a.m. to noon, Saturday, Dec. 10 at Senior Circle, 214 N. Beeline. If you don’t have time to bake for the holidays, let members of the Payson Senior Circle help. There will be cookies, cakes, pies and holiday baskets all made up to present to friends or family for Christmas.

Lunch and Learn, 11:30 a.m., Wednesday, Dec. 14 representatives from Messinger Funeral Home will discuss Contingency Day Planning for Senior Circle members. Planning end of life arrangements ahead of time can be the most thoughtful thing one can do for loved ones left behind.

Holiday outing - Get in the holiday spirit with an evening of fun at the Mesa Mormon Temple Gardens, including dinner and a local choir concert. Call the Senior Circle at (928) 472-9290 for details and price. 

Jazz concert

Jazz guitar and vocalist Pete Pancrazi returns to the Payson Community Presbyterian Church, 800 W. Main St., at 2 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 11 for his annual “Have a Jazzy Christmas” performance.

It will be entertaining for all ages and all musical preferences — it will be a celebration of popular Christmas music.

Joining him will be Nick Manson on piano, Vic Kottner of bass, and Gerry Reynolds on drums.

A request for seating sent to or (602) 619-3355 would be appreciated, although the church doors will remain open to all.

A donation of $5 or more is encouraged to support the program, which includes refreshments.

Gingerbread house party

Crossroads Foursquare Church invites everyone to the 6th Annual Gingerbread House Decoration Party at 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 13. Bring a friend and decorate a large gingerbread house with all kinds of creative ingredients. The cost is $10 per house. Space is limited, so call today to reserve a spot, (928) 474-2602.

Payson Choral Society Christmas concert

The Payson Choral Society’s annual Christmas concert is Saturday, Dec. 17.

The program, “Believe,” directed by Daria Mason with accompaniment by Victoria Harris, comes to the Payson High School Auditorium at 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. — please note this is a change in performance times from last year’s concert.

Concert tickets are $10 at the door for adults, and $8 sold in advance. Children and students up to age 18 are admitted free. Tickets may be purchased in advance from Choral Society members, the Rim Country Regional Chamber of Commerce and at the Payson Public Library. Tickets will also be available at the door before each concert.

Proceeds from the concerts provide musical scholarships.


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